Chris Paul to miss Game 2 due to 'Health and Safety Protocols'

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Jun 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-21 21:19:53-04

The Phoenix Suns say Chris Paul will not play in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers according to the NBA injury report.

During a press conference Monday morning, coach Monty Williams said Paul's status for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night remains unknown at this time.

Later Monday evening, the team's injury report stated Paul would be ruled out due to "Health and Safety Protocols."

The Suns claimed the first win of the Western Conference Finals Sundayafter beating the Clippers 120-114 despite Paul's absence in Game 1.

The star point guard entered the NBA coronavirus health protocols last week as the team prepared for this series following their sweep against the Denver Nuggets last week.

In March, the NBA relaxed some rules for those who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

"The NBA is relaxing some of its health and safety protocols for individuals who are fully vaccinated, changes including fewer mandated coronavirus tests, no quarantine requirements following contact tracing issues and even the ability to visit restaurants again," an Associated Press report on the NBA site says.